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Double Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double JackDouble Jack

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Klym
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a light copper with a one finger head. Nothing outstanding about the appearance but also nothing bad. Reminds me of Union Jack but a little bit darker and a little thicker on the head.

S: Hops, grains, a little bit of raisin and brown sugar all come through on the smell. Smells quite good, but not quite amazing-- time to try!

T: Thick banana and raisin malty sweetness masking over a slight hop biterness. Really, the flavor is truly double that of a union jack, and just that. Again, quite good, but not quite amazing.

M: Carbonation is solid and general mouthfeel is too. However, nothing really goes above and beyond. This seems to be a theme: quite good, not quite amazing.

O: Really, it's hard to argue this as not being a solid IPA; everything about it is good. It's also hard to see it as being truly great, though. The appearance, taste, and smell all seem to have the same character, and that character is truly just double union Jack. As double Jack, it's hard to beat it up for accomplishing double all of the characteristics of Union Jack, but I feel a little sad that FW didn't go beyond simply that. If you like Union Jack, you'll probably like this twice as much.

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Photo of Cavery
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint shared with Klym and SundaySour

A: hey there good lookin! orange with a color tint favoring blood orange, a wonderfully clear beer with absorbs light like a sponge. I'm pretty sure you could tan under the light of this beer. A solid 3 finger head with thick lacing that scarred the glass.

S: Pineapple, tangerine, and cumquat fruit salad. It's a sweet malt ceviche with sugar on top. I'm going to leave it at that, I pretty much nailed it (haha).

T: a perfectly mixed cocktail of sweet malt, tropical juice, and alcohol. The hops are but a minty garnish on this sweet juice bomb. Take a look at your glass, you are drinking a fancy appetizer. Make your friend pay the bill, it's going to be a fancy meal. masterfully subtle hop presence throughout the tasting experience.

M: if there was a velvet cactus, then it would certainly be named Firestone double jack. the mouth-feel is wonderfully peppery with thousands of microscopic explosions. Double jack is TNT, it's dynamite.

O: There's a lot good about this beer and there's some things that are great. The taste is really on the money, and the mouth-feel is consistently on par with the menu. while your friend might be paying for this fancy meal, be sure to contribute towards a good tip. This is after all a fine establishment.

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Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely priced 22oz bomber. I was surprised to find this in the Midwest.

It pours a very bright gold. Unbelievable head and lacing.

Nose is wonderful clean citrus and floral.

Taste is a great citrus blend with citrus rind coming up quite strongly in the finish. Throw in a dose of pine all the way and you have one fine IPA.

Mouth feel is just right carbonation and the citrus rind stays around on the tongue for a long time.

This is one of the best DIPA I have had. I wonder how fresh it is? I would love to try this stuff on tap out west freshly released. It could be close to Nirvana. This one ranks up there.

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Photo of Franch
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this double IPA was pretty awesome. it's got a big malty introduction that quickly gives way to the hop bomb. shockingly drinkable at a monster 9.5% ABV. this would be regularly stocked in my fridge on the west coast. it seems that firestone walker is pretty good at this - mainstays that aren't standouts, but are just really good and should be kept around on general principle.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice off-white head of about two fingers, that recedes to a thick foam thats lasts to the bottom of the glass. Clear copper color and good bubbling, and some lace. Good looking DIPA.

Citric with some toasted malt in teh aroma as well. Well balanced, but somewhat vague aroma. Lacks definition.

The taste starts with a nice pop of hop resin citrus peel bitterness. The sweet malt lends a hand at countering the hops power. Imbueing strong toasted, caramel malts to the palate. With a syrupy palate, the brew finishes hoppy, bitter, and just enough malt to balance the hop aggresion. Not too mention the alchol adding some warmth at the end.

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Photo of jamespub
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes form 6/9/2011 tasting.

A- Caramel/amber color. Very clear. Wonderful carbonation on this brew.

S- Malty and hoppy. What else would you expect? Pine, citrus..etc.

T- This is a fairly balanced IIPA leaning a little towards the hops. The malt holds it's own. It is sweet up front, with citrus, finished with better hop bite. My only gripe is the metallic/mineral aftertaste that is present in many IIPA's. It is not pleasant in my opinion.

M- Slightly above average. Nothing incredible, but good.

O- This is a good beer, but for the price, and the fact that I can get others that I prefer more, for less, I probably won't revisit this beer. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of rand
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

Pours a copper-tan in color, forming a nice sudsy head with plenty of lacing. Streams of citrus and tropical notes bounce off the glass, grapefruit and pineapple prominent. The tropical notes carry into the flavor, but Double Jack has big, West Coast style hop character, giving the brew a fresh, bitter overtone. Caramelly malts balance the hop-rush, finishing nicely bitter-sweet.

A double IPA that stays true to the style - big, complex and tasty. Even amongst the plethora of amazing IPA's coming from this California, Double Jack delivers memorable flavors.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served in a duvel green tulip for a pretty high $8 price tag.

A- the beer is served in an attractive snifter and comes to me looking a lightly hazy golden orange colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- grapefruit is exploding from my glass. very hoppy. there are also pine notes in here, and a slight bit of pineapple. caramel malts sneak through near the end to try and add some balance.

T- the taste starts out with some caramel malts which offer up a mild sweet malty backbone. after that it quickly becomes all about the hops. lots of pine with even more grapefruit. i think i pick up a little pineapple towards the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation seemed to be just about right. nice and bitter. the alcohol is well hidden.

D- the tulip was easy enough to finish, and i ordered another one. very good DIPA to be able to buy year round for a moderate price. ill be looking forward to finding this on draft again sometime soon.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 3 Floyds Pint glass.

A- Frothy one to two finger off white head, copper orange body, well carbonated, very clear.
S- Very nice aroma, really fruity, citrus and pine right away, grapefruit, slight tangerine aromas, nice earthy aromas, and hints of malt as well.
T- The taste is not as appealing as the aroma, very sweet, really big malt backbone in the taste, caramel sweetness comes out, alcohol is very present, slight hops, pineapple and grapefruit.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, dry on the palate.
O- It’s a solid DIPA, the malts were a little too present for my taste, alcohol is very present as well, still a quality DIPA.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a moderate amber color that is completely clear with very little visible carbonation. A fairly vigorous pour gives a white head of a finger and a half which disappears quickly.

S: Hops, hops, and more hops. Smells strongly of citrus with a lot of other light, tropical fruits. I can make out sweet and bitter orange peels, tangerine and peach. There is also a pine scent which is nearly as strong as the citrus.

T: The flavor here contains most of the same fruit flavors as the smell, but there are additional flavors or grass cutting and pine. The herbal flavor is fairly prominent and adds a decent amount of bitterness. This is excellently balanced by caramel malt.

M: Light and dry with mild carbonation.

O: A fantastic beer. Really hoppy and flavorful but extremely well balanced.

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Photo of Kshock
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright Gold with a slight orange hue. Good head at first then it subsides leaving a white ring around the top and some sticky lacing. Looks fuckin killer

S- Smells awesome, lots of hops. Mainly citrusy hops but i can smell some earthy tones in there as well. Slight malt sweetness in there too.

T- bitter hoppy goodness, drys out really quick. Love the flavor profile in this beer. Great DIPA

M- Nice and soft on the palate with a great clean finish

O- This is Bahl Hornin!

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Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fresh DIPA right out of California.

Poured into a big tulip vibrant gold with nice head of white.

Bright citrus of orange, grapefruit, and lime with a backing of pine. Malt appears light, but actually contributes quite a bit of hard candy type sweetness. Sticky from hop resin and malt sugars as it warms and opens up.

My research says this is hopped at the same rate as Union Jack but with a stepped up malt base. Not my formula for the absolute best of the style, but the bright hops, excellent craftsmanship, and price make it worth seeking out on multiple occasions.

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Photo of greenmonstah
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottled on 4/20/2011

A - Pours a nice amber with active carbonation and a perfect head. Looks great. Bubbles are non-stop. nice lacing and the head retention is great.

S - Aroma is insane. As soon as I cracked it I was hit with tropical hops and a load of grapefruit. Up there with Sculpin as one of my favorite aromas. Serious west coast hop character.

T - Taste is of grapefruit and pineapple hops with some sweetness in the middle. Finishes to a bitter hop and a slight reminder of the high ABV. This is a truly great take on a West Coast Double IPA, which is my favorite flavor profile generally.

M - Perfect medium body, slight sticky sweetness. Slightly dry finish. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the end.

O - Overall it is brilliant. One of my favorite aromas, with a every balanced taste to match. Little booze for such a high ABV One of the best double IPAs, it deserves to be up there with the titans of the style.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. My first FW beer, hooray!

A- pours a beautiful shade of clear orange with a two finger, very puffy offwhite head. Lacing is perfect. It looks absolutely amazing.

S- strong citrus aroma with hints of pine. If it were a little more pungent, it would get the full monty

T- man. Its so piney, but not overly bitter. Nice finish of citrus as well. Excellent

M- it has a thick body to it, bordering on syrupy...but it doesn't cross that border. Very full

O- it's not Pliny, but it's a fantastic beer. Glad I picked this one up. 7.99 for a bomber seems like a steal

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Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great brew was lucky to pick it up on a trip to ma today.

A - nice orange hue lacings all over the glass bright.

S - piney citrus fresh

T- same as smell lots of grapefruit coming through.

M - leaves a nice feel again the citrus comes through.

O - so glad to have nearby a must try for any hop head

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Photo of jbeerto1
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice, soft golden brown color with a medium off-white head that fades relatively quickly.
S- Mixture of pine and floral hops, noticeable citrus hints
T- Balanced mixture of grapefruit and piney hop flavors ending with a nice matly aftertaste.
M- slightly oily, medium body, solid bit of carbonation.
Overall- very solid DIPA with such balanced floral, citrus, and piney flavors. Def would get again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Double Jack, on tap at Shorty's, NYC.

Appearance: Served in an Unibroue snifter, the Double comes with a perfect one-finger head, smoky topaz color, slightly transparent. Remarkable retention and lacing- head remains for a while.

Smell: Unusual and enticing strawberry aroma, like the wild berries at Stone Barns- that fruity sweetness is strange but delicious. After the berries come the hops, citrusy, bright and tropical.

Taste: Malty, boozy, heavy. Quite a change from the light, airy and summery nose! Dry, spicy and peppery at the end of the sip. Reminds me of exotic spices from the Middle East. Pine and resin, Assateague Island. Some sweetness, but far from the sugar-fruity aromas displayed in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Oily, piney, hop-forward. Medium to full body and flavor, full carbonation.

Overall: Rating goes up because of the stunning drinkability. ABV is not evident. Double Jack is a bit of a one-dimensional take on the DIPA style; iit will not shatter the canon, but it works fine. I think I would take the single Union Jack over Double Jack for a nice IPA session…

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Memphis Taproom no repeat week. Poured into a snifter. Amber colored with a decent inch thick off white heading. Very intense floral aroma's, not very boozy.Full bodied with good retention.Decent citrus finish.

Not an all out assault or anything just a nice IIPA.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: out of the bottle is not too different from on tap, head was a bout a finger thick. Body is very pale orange and clear.
S: a soft blend of pine and grapefruit, with some malt.
T: a good blend between pine, grapevruit and a light floral flavor. Malt is sweet but does not over power the hops, just enough to barely balance out the beer.
M: oddly clean for a dipa, the hop flavor is more coating than the actual beer alone.
O: a great dipa, just piny enough but not too much grapefruit either.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a HotD tulip on 6/3/11.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates leaving a moderate amount of lacing on the glass. I would have like to have seen a darker color with more orange and red tones but the head is nice.

Smells of a rich and sweet malt backbone, maple and carmel. The hops are a nice mix of grapefruit and pine. The smells were unexpected. This has a very strong malt sweetness to it that almost seems to be the centerpiece to this brew until the hops slaps you in the face. NIcely balanced up front with a solid dose of hops.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts carmel, and some alcohol but then a nice pine slap in the face with hints of grapefruit. Nice taste but the booze is knocking it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium in weight with little bitter bite. There is some alcohol burn. NIce pine resin after taste.

Overall this is a good beer. Is there better? Yea but this is a great beer. It takes hits for the yellow color and some booze smell and taste but overall I recommend this brew.

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smell definitely reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA with that very fruity slick hop smell with sweetness in there as well. It just smells fantastic though with the tropical fruity cake just beaming off the hops and malts they use. It has a thick mouth feel with that fruitiness and piney hop flavors just smacking you in the face and then leaving you with some citric herbal piney bitterness. The alcohol comes through on the swallow not in taste but in feel more than anything. The sweetness I'd account to the very tropical fruity hops and the sweet malts they use.

I like that there is a malt taste in here that really reminds me of Dogfish Head 90 minute. All around this could fool me for a Dogfish Head beer actually. Some people say this doesn't have that much bitterness and yeah in comparison to others its not a bitter bomb but it does hold its own and backs up the hop flavors with that citric herbal and piney bitterness that we all love. Is it the best Imperial IPA ever? I'd say this, Dogifish Head 90 Minute and Hop Stoopid are some of the best I've had. This highly holds up to every Imperial in the style and maybe even ties for my favorite ever.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Victory tulip glass. Bottle dated 3/14/11, purchased a few weeks ago at Pinocchion's in Media, PA.

A: Nice deep orange/amber color. Nice two finger eggshell white head. Nice carbonation. Nice alcohol legs on the glass. Lacing is solid.

S: I get great grapefruit and citrus hop aroma. Maybe some pineappliness? Really fruity. Can't wait to dig in.

T: Wow, this is a really solid DIPA. From the tip of the tongue to back of mouth: crisp hop bitterness to a smooth maltiness and the carbonation helps to clean the palate off at the end. Had on tap before and think out of the bottle is better? Strange, but good.

M: Medium bodied DIPA. Sticks around for a while.

O: A really really solid DIPA. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would buy again. Stacks up strongly against the other West Coasters that are high on my list. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured a golden-honey color, very clear. Eye-catching carbonation and impressive frothy white head.

The aroma carries a wonderful mix of pine, lemon rind, pepper, papaya, mango and underlying bread-like malts.

The taste involves pineapple, papaya and pine but moves on to grapefruit and lemon, finishing mildly bitter with flavors of toast bread and more pine.

The body is slick and velvety in the mouth but has a fair amount of carbonation that adds a zip to the feel.

Overall, this is yet another great DIPA that can hold it's own against the over-hyped beers in it's class.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Super clear orange/coppery color with a 1-finger head that dissipated quickly. I can hardly see any C02 bubbles, just a little bit, and no lacing was left on my glass.

S - Lots of Tangerine, orange, pineapple and rind like notes. I also pick up a bit of brown sugar and a spicy quality as well. Not much else going on here. A bit of alcohol and pine as it warmed.

T - Upfront I get a combination of pine, alcohol and sweetness. As it unfolds a bit in my mouth I get lots of rind, and cloying bitterness. It finishes with a bit of tangerine and orange fruits but it's masked a little more than I would have liked by a dry, bitter punch. I can hardly pick up any malts other than some sweetness and a touch of toast.

M - Smooth and full-bodied. No crispness at all really.

O - Overall I thought this beer was more bitter than anything else, which is good for a DIPA but for me it can get a little boring. I thought it could of used a bit more fruity hop flavors, as well as a little more toasty, grainy malt. Other than that I think it looked good and smelled great, so I say give it a try for sure. Cheers!

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Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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